For those fans who were worried that there is no proper Rajini film after ‘Sivaji’ in 2007, here comes ‘Petta’ directed by Karthik Subbaraj, that is not just a treat, but a complete festival for ‘thalaivar’ fans.
True to the tagline ‘Get Rajinified’, the film has celebrated the superstar each and every moment, with power-packed action scenes, fiery punch dialogues, mass sequences, fun, romance and more.
Rajini appears as Kaali (Rajinikanth), who joins as a warden in a college’s hostel in Uttar Pradesh. There, he sets right things in his own style, takes on a gang led by Michael (Bobby Simha), enjoys life in a playful way and spends a whale of time with students.
He comes across a lover couple (Megha Akash and Sanath). As the girl requests him to convince her mother to accept her affair, Kaali meets Mangalam (Simran) and strikes a chord with her.
But, Kaali is a man of secrets and we are introduced to a powerful politician in Uttar Pradesh, whose name is Singhar Singh (Nawazuddin Siddique). He also has a son Jithu (Vijay Sethupathi).
Kaali now has to handle Singhar Singh and Jithu. Interestingly, Kaali and Singhar have a bitter past and it takes us to Madurai, where Kaali led a colourful and powerful life.
What made Kaali shift his base from Madurai to Uttar Pradesh? What is his mission? Whether he accomplishes IT or not? How he taught a lesson to Singh and Jithu? You can find answers to these questions in Petta.
Rajini, Rajini, Rajini. That is what the film all about and the superstar is a delight to watch. He makes us laugh, energises us, gives goosebumps and what not? Terrific ‘thalaivar’ is back and credits go to both Rajini and Karthik Subbaraj.
Simran is beautiful and does her job in a neat way, while Trisha, who appears in flashback, is cool and casual. Nawazuddin Siddique threatens us with his performance and Vijay Sethupathi is wow. Everyone else including Sasikumar and Bobby Simha have performed well.
The background score by Anirudh reminds us of Deva’s for Rajini films in 1990s. Awesome in one word. Tirru’s camera has shown everyone in the case in a beautiful manner. Vivek Harshan has worked hard to make the movie racy.
If you want us to list out the cons, we can say the length of the movie and few college scenes. But they too are not letdown. On the whole, ‘Petta’ is a power-packed Pongal blast for Rajini fans that is based on the lines of Baasha and other superstar blockbusters of the past.
4 out of 5